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Reliance Communications (RCOM) is offering cheaper 3G and 2G packs, bundled with talktime to new customers as a ‘Welcome Offer’ to counter Reliance Jio’s similar welcome pack offer, which was launched in September.

New customers can get the lower 3G plans starting at:
-Rs 295, providing Rs 295 as talktime and 3GB of 3G data usage, along with a special 25 paise per minute calling rate for 3 months.
-Rs 496 plan that will offer talktime worth Rs 496 and 10GB of 3G data, along with a 25 paise per minute calling rate for 3 months.

The Rs 496 pack for new customers is effectively offering data at Rs 49.6 per GB, and is lower than Jio’s offer of Rs 50 per GB. The Rs 295 pack will however cost a new subscriber Rs 98 per GB. RCOM’s welcome offer is applicable across all circles. Customer can also make repeat recharges under the welcome offer for up to 3 months.

New customers can also choose a similar 2G pack at Rs 141, which offers 5GB of 2G data along with Rs 141 worth of talktime at a special rate of Rs 25 paise per minute for 3 months.

New voice plan for existing users

Existing RCOM customers in Delhi & NCR can recharge with a NonStop Plancosting Rs 153 and avail 1,000 local & STD minutes, along with “unlimited calls to any Reliance number in India,” the company said in a statement. Subscribers can dial USSD *129# to know the validity of their plan. This was earlier rolled out in Andhra Pradesh circle last month, according to a TelecomTalk report. The report added that RCOM is yet to launch this plan in more circles

Although its voice calling packs seems attractive, the ‘unlimited calling’ offer that RCOM claims will only provide 1,000 local and STD minutes limited to RCOM numbers, and is not really “unlimited”. The “unlimited” benefit ends after 1000 minutes of calling, and customers will have to make a new recharge every time for the same.

RCOM-Reliance Jio spectrum sharing

Interestingly, RCOM claims to have virtually merged its network with its competitor Reliance Jio, according to a Mint report last month, as per statements issued by Anil Ambani. Both companies had entered into a strategic partnership to share spectrum to provide LTE services. RCOM and RJio have signed agreements in spectrum allotment in 800 MHz band across 9 Circles from RCOM to Reliance Jio. The companies also agreed to share spectrum in 800 MHz band across 17 Circles.

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